UPDATED: Planning Commission's Pillsbury Commons Public Hearing Postponed

Ron Clark and his associates will still present to the Richfield City Council Tuesday night.

The Richfield Planning Commission's Monday night public hearing regarding the has been postponed.

While Richfield Patch was unable to find out the specific reason given for the postponement, and many interested residents may show up, the planning commission will likely be open to hear some resident input.

"I think that the city tried to get out information [about the postponement] to everyone they could," Ron Clark, the project developer, said Monday afternoon. "I'm hoping that we can get it back on for the very next planning commission meeting April 23."

While the public hearing is postponed, Clark and his associates will appear before the Richfield City Council during the regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

"As I've said before, we're just starting to address some of the new primary concerns," Clark said. "We've been brainstorming and we will present some new ideas to the city council [Tuesday night]."

*The council will consider public hearings regarding a change in the city's redevelopment plan and the request of tax increment financing.

The planning commission will still hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday night at Clark and his team will likely be present here.

Editor's Note: The council will consider the public hearings, not the actual approval of tax increment financing.

Richfield Patch will update this article if more information becomes available.

Barry L. March 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Ron Clark is making a mockery of Richfield policies. He wants this project so much and it is not about helping people. It is all about money. To sit and watch the circus like atmosphere that has been created by a developer is amazing. Who is to be held accountable? When will Ron Clark have a firm plan in place? Tonight at city hall is part two to this drama, Please come to city hall at 7PM and watch how TIF is doled out?
Richfield Commoners United April 08, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Well, Ron Clark is taking Richfield to the next level on Tuesday April 10 at 545PM, He will have the Planning, HRA and city council to again tell his side of the story. When you cant win the heart and minds of the residents Lawyer up! Make the city elected to run scared...GO Ron Go.....As you will start a new trend in Richfield, when the residents dont want you, just Lawyer up...and we give you the land with 20% off and give you TIF...
Richfield Commoners United May 16, 2012 at 02:03 PM
At the May 8th City Council meeting it was revealed that members of the city council & HRA commission had been privately contacted by Ron Clark to discuss his new proposal. The topic was brought up when Fred Wroge announced that Ron Clark had called his private phone to request a meeting. Councilman Wroge declined Clark's request, Tom Fritzhenry also declined saying "If he has something to say he can say it to all of us." , When Wroge's 'outing' of Clark prompted Councilman Elliott's admission that he too had been contacted and met with Ron Clark, saying he would not apologize for behind closed door meetings.
Richfield Commoners United May 16, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Given that Ron Clark Construction has received ample time to present their plans to the City Council, HRA and the Planning Commission in meeting after meeting it is very suspect that they would want to meet in round robin format with the HRA and City Council and circumvent Minnesota's Open Meeting Law. Where is the transparency with dealing with Ron Clark? Shouldn't his plans be discussed in the open? What does Ron Clark have to say to them about Pillsbury Commons that cannot be said in a public meeting? While it is unknown if Ron Clark Construction violated any laws, the ethics of this matter is certainly not becoming of a recipient of the Minnesota Business Ethics Award and someone who says, “Honesty, integrity and fair play have always been of utmost importance to us." Please contact members of the City Council and the HRA and let them know that meetings with Ron Clark Construction or their representatives outside of public meetings is not ok.
Richfield Commoners United June 01, 2012 at 02:32 PM
So now we need to ask if TIF sheds some tax dollars to the school system. In all Ron Clark will only pay $3900. per year in taxes on the land for 30 years, what will the school get in cash for the next 30 years? The next question that should be asked is this, Kennisington Place on 76th and Lyndale was given $500K in up front TIF but now the courts have decided that Richfield was a second mortgage and we not getting one cent back ? How much did the school system loose on that one? Ron Clark is the only one walking away with the cash in hand!


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